Track: Thunder girls close 2nd to Flyers in GRC; Ortberg, Seymour star

Megann Seymour, Thunder freshman, was runner-up in long jump behind teammate Cassie Ortberg, and won the triple jump. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Meghann Seymour was runner-up in long jump behind teammate Cassie Ortberg, and won the triple jump. She also took second in the 100 dash. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

Led by senior Cassie Ortberg and freshman Meghann Seymour, the Zimmerman girls track team placed a close second in the Granite Ridge Conference meet Tuesday.

Little Falls edged the Thunder 126 to 119.5 in the nine-team meet at Princeton, with the host team next at 107.

“We had a great meet. We had tons of PR’s,” said coach Jennelle LeBlanc.

Cassie Ortberg nears the end of her 300H victory. She also won long jump and the 100 hurdles. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Cassie Ortberg nears the end of her 300H victory. She also won long jump and the 100 hurdles. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Ortberg, an all-state hurdler, won the 100 and 300 hurdles and long jump. She also tied for third in the high jump.

Seymour won triple jump, took second in long jump and 100 dash, and also led off a third-place 4×100 relay.

“She’s a little speedy Gonzalez for us,” said LeBlanc.

Ortberg’s 34.5 points and Seymour’s 27.5 points were the top two in the meet.

Zimmerman also had Amber Magnussen winning shot put with a school record 37-5 and placing fifth in discus, while Brooke Borchardt was second in high jump and fourth in discus.

Conditions were mid-90′s temperate and strong crosswind, so stats were not outstanding although Ortberg managed a 17-5 long jump, her season best.

The Thunder were runners-up for the second straight year. Princeton won last year.

Little Falls was led by Maria Hauer, who won the 800 and 1600 and led off a winning 4×400 team. Other Flyer winners were the 4×800 team and Rachelle Lablanc in pole vault with an impressive 11-3.

Milaca’s Kaija Crowe was the other multiple winner, in high jump, 200 dash and 4×100.

Amber Magnussen took fourth in discus and won the shot put for Zimmerman. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Amber Magnussen took fifth in discus and won the shot put for Zimmerman. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Pole vault was pivotal as Zimmerman competed in this event this year for the first time and didn’t score any points while Little Falls had the winner.

“We didn’t have a pole vault coach until the middle of the season,” said LeBlanc. “We are making good progress. Our girls had personal bests of 7-0 or 7-6 today.”

Joe Thiel of Princeton signed on at mid-season to work with pole vaulters. Seven girls and three boys have been clearing the lower heights, LeBlanc noted.

Zimmerman will host a four-team meet on Tuesday. That will be second and last home event on the first season of their new  track.

Team scoring

1. Little Falls 126
2. Zimmerman 119.5
3. Princeton 107
4. Milaca 86
5. St. Cloud Cathedral 72
6. Foley 59
7. Breck 52.5
8. Mora 47
9. Albany 32

 

Zimmerman points

100 hurdles — (1) Cassandra Ortberg  15.68 (6) Sylvia Michels
300 hurdles — (1) Ortberg 46.29

Nicole Jurik, leading this pack, finished fourth in the 1600 run. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Nicole Jurik, leading this pack, finished fourth in the 1600 run. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

100 dash — (2) Megann Seymour 13.49
200  dash — none
400 dash — (6) Alyssa Bright 1:04.77
800 run— (7) Nicole Jurik 2:38.85
1600 run— (4) Jurik 5:45.96
3200 run — (4) Megan Tillman 12:51.58
4×100 relay — (3) Seymour, Alexis Olerich, Camilla Johansson, Bailey Bright, 53.28
4×200 relay — (8) Thunder 2:04.20
4×400 relay — (8) Thunder 4:42.14
4×800 relay — (8) Thunder 11:26.90
Shot put — (1) Amber Magnussen 37-5 (5) Abby Wisness 32-6
Discus — (4) Borchardt 107-3 (5) Magnussen  103-0
Long jump — (1) Ortberg 17-5 (2) Seymour  15-6
Triple jump — (1) Seymour 34-2 1/2 (8) Oelerich 33-1 1/4
High jump — (2) Brooke Borchardt 4-10 (3, tie) Ortberg 4-8
Pole vault — none

Alexis Oelrich of Zimmerman (middle) takes the baton from Meghann Seymour in the 4x100 relay. The Thunder placed third. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Alexis Oelrich of Zimmerman (middle) reaches for the baton from Meghann Seymour in the 4×100 relay. The Thunder placed third. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

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